Baltimore, Md. – Six faculty members from the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) have been awarded the Nurse Educator Doctoral Grant (NEDG) for Practice and Dissertation Research. Susan Antol, MS, RN, assistant professor; Lily Fountain, CNM, MS, RN, assistant professor; Jana Goodwin, MS, RN, ANPC, clinical instructor; Shannon Idzik, DNP, CRNP, CCRN, assistant professor; Naomi “Bea” Himmelwright-Lamm, EdD, RN, assistant professor; and Margaret Lynn, MS, MBA, RN, FNE-A, assistant professor, received awards totaling between $20,000 and $30,000, which will be distributed evenly over two academic years.
NEDG is a new statewide funding initiative supported by the Nurse Support Program II and is jointly approved by the Health Services Cost Review Commission and Maryland Higher Education Commission. This competitive grant program is designed to assist PhD and Doctor of Nursing Practice candidates. Its goals are to increase the number of doctoral-prepared nursing faculty in the state, strengthen faculty development for optimal capacity at schools of nursing, and recruit and retain a diverse nursing faculty. There were a total of 16 awards given across the state.
“It’s a great opportunity for Maryland nursing doctoral candidates who are interested in serving as nursing faculty to further their education,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “I am happy that six members of the School of Nursing family were selected to take advantage of a program that will ultimately bolster our faculty.”
Grant recipients can use the funds for professional development, course release time, wages for research-related administrative support, or project-related expenses for supplies, travel, and document creation.
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The University of Maryland School of Nursing, founded in 1889, is one of the oldest and largest nursing schools, and is ranked eleventh nationally. Enrolling nearly 1,700 students in its baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs, the School develops leaders who shape the profession of nursing and impact the health care environment.